Newbie Still confused about copy/clone virtual box vm/vhd

Scott Abbey scott at
Tue Apr 28 00:58:49 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-04-27 at 17:44 -0700, Ed Oneill wrote:
> I read the manual but can not figure out how to copy or clone.
> 8.16 VBoxManage clonehd
> This command duplicates a registered virtual hard disk image to a new
> image file with
> a new unique identifier (UUID). The new image can be transferred to
> another host
> system or imported into VirtualBox again using the Virtual Disk
> Manager; see chapter
> 3.5, The Virtual Disk Manager, page 42 and chapter 5.4, Cloning disk
> images, page 79.
> The syntax is as follows:
> VBoxManage clonehd           <uuid>|<filename> <outputfile>
>                              [--format VDI|VMDK|VHD|RAW|<other>]
>                              [--variant
> Standard,Fixed,Split2G,Stream,ESX]
>                              [--type normal|writethrough|immutable]
>                              [--remember]
> Is this in virtual disk manager??? If so I can not find a place to
> enter commands!
> or is this all done in ubuntu terminal?

VBoxManage is a terminal command. It needs to be run in a terminal
window (or a virtual terminal, etc.). The following command should do
the trick:

 VBoxManage clonehd <path to existing image> <path to cloned image>

Just put the appropriate paths in the above command, and it should do
everything else. (Note: don't leave the angle brackets <> in the
command. Those show what needs to be replaced.)

Scott Abbey <scott at>

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